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Whirling Dervish Drawing

Mary Wagner

United States

Drawing, Ballpoint Pen on Paper

Size: 27 W x 16.5 H x 0.1 D in

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Large-scale original abstract drawing. "Whirling Dervish" green and black ballpoint pen. Conceptual modern drawing concerning repetitive motion, movement, nirvana. Signed & stamped with my embossing seal in the lower right corner of drawing. Signed and titled on the back in graphite. WHIRLING DERVISH, ballpoint pen ink on Strathmore 500 bristol board, 16.5x27 inches Ships rolled with acid-free glassine in a tube then inside of a box. Lines that blur across the paper. The movement creates a visual rhythm on the page. Each line begins and ends at the same point, revolving in circles between, looping, arcing, swirling, overlapping. The motion of the pen becomes less about any definitive path and more about the disappearance of paper. All in the pursuit of nirvana, the perfect, or simple a moment of mental clarity. Many pin holes give a clue as to the direction and number of line plots in the drawing. I lost track of how many line plots were drawn. My drawing technique utilizes custom made drawing wheels held down by pins which drag across the page as I draw creating the haze of ink on the surface.

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Drawing:Ballpoint Pen on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:27 W x 16.5 H x 0.1 D in

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Going round-and-round is the central principle and action of Mary Wagner’s drawing practice. At the core, these drawings are simple, curvilinear paths arching about some absent center like an interstellar object flirting about a gravity well. The rigorous lines warm and complicate through repetition. Patterns pile on top of each other. The slim edge takes on form and depth, like cotton candy wisps or subatomic particles, cohering into something a bit more solid. Value and texture suggest dimension and movement. These things coax and combine into a sort of non-subject; or a subjective subject matter, inviting the viewer to project themselves. They are exercises in minimal purity, or expressions of chaos and order. They are complicated networks or psychedelic dreamscapes. Wagner was born and raised in rural Wisconsin. She lives and draws in Chicago. Her artwork is in private collections around the world.

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